MDP proposes sweeping changes for judicial reform

Dramatic reduction of the Supreme Court’s powers is among sweeping changes proposed by the Maldivian Democratic Party to reform the judiciary.The proposals were discussed at a campaign workshop held at the Brightway International School on Saturday to hammer out policies for the April 6 parliamentary elections. Former president Mohamed Nasheed, who is among the party’s candidates, chaired the workshop and President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih attended the last session.Pursuing judicial reform was a key campaign pledge of President Solih with politicisation, inadequate qualification of judges, and lack of conformity to international fair trial standards among longstanding concerns.According to a judicial reform policy paper presented by Hisaan Hussain, the MDP’s legal director and candidate for the Thulhaadhoo constituency, legislation would be proposed to restrict the Supreme Court’s authority.Since its inception in 2008, the top court has annulled an election, taken over control of judicial administration, and initiated “suo moto” proceedings to dismiss members of independent commissions. ....................


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